GERMANY, Monheim. In March 2018, Bayer launched its global Care4Cattle initiative in collaboration with the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) to recognize and support innovative-thinking livestock professionals who have created new ways of advancing beef and dairy cattle well-being on the farm. Three projects have been selected to jointly receive the € 30,000 Care4Cattle grant funding.
WFO, the World Farmers Organisation, is an International Organisation of Farmers for Farmers, which aims to bring together all the national producer and farm cooperative organisations with the objective of developing policies which favor and support farmers' causes in developed and developing countries around the world. Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life.
The initiative received over 100 entries across 37 countries, highlighting how the advancement of animal well-being is of importance to the on-going progress of the livestock industry. From the entries, a panel of five independent judges selected three stand out projects from across the world based on their viability, practical feasibility and potential to benefit the well-being of cattle globally.
Dr. Dominique van der Saag from Australia was selected for her research into novel ways in which calves could self-administer analgesia after standard husbandry procedures which can often cause animals stress both during and after. Van der Saag and her team of five others, created a simple idea to use medicated lick blocks, allowing the animals to receive a constant level of pain relief, in a way that limits the need to handle the animals; therefore improving their level of well-being.
Professor Mateus Paranhos da Costa’s study into the effects different weaning methods can have on the well-being of beef calves, was the second project granted funding by the Care4Cattle initiative. Based in Brazil, Paranhos da Costa wants to research the impact varying methods of weaning could have on the stress the animal can feel. By monitoring the weight gain of the calves throughout the process, the study will be able to see the impact each method has on the overall well-being of the calf. Ultimately, the team aims to be able to recommend appropriate weaning approaches for the benefit of the animals.
The third winning submission was from The Cattle Lameness Academy in the United Kingdom. This team of veterinary experts educate and promote proactive discussions with farmers to help them tackle the problem of lameness in cattle. Their aim is to create a modular training platform using videos, where they can support farmers in dealing with the rising threat of lameness. Such a tool will enable farmers to detect problems around lameness early, and equip them with the necessary know-how and practical support in order to address it.
The three winners will receive the grant to further their research and innovation, which is highly important to ensure high levels of animal well-being.
Bayer Care4Cattle grant recipients were announced at the Future of Farming Dialogue 2018, an annual event that brings together various stakeholders to share their perspectives on agriculture, as well as the associated challenges and opportunities. To find out more about the Care4Cattle grant initiative and the winning projects visit the website.